Pax Christi International welcomes the release of the EU Joint Communication on Resilience
Pax Christi International welcomes last week’s released Joint Communication on Resilience by the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The document sets out the strategic approach to resilience in the EU’s external action policies, incorporating links to peacebuilding and conflict prevention.
Positively, the Communication incorporates several of the recommendations for which Pax Christi International has been advocating through a position paper and a lobby meeting. We are pleased to see that with regard to resilience the individual and community levels are referenced. Also, it states that any resilience approach should be tailor-made by starting from and supporting the specific context as well as by building upon existing sources of resilience. Furthermore, that resilience work should be carried out at multiple levels and that there is a need for long-term programming.
With regards to human rights, we support the Communication’s strong reference to the importance of inclusive and participatory societies, the role of civil society and their shrinking civic space. However, the Communication could have been more robust regarding human rights in relation to other issues taken up in the document, such as migration and economic resilience, where it seems that economic, political and security interests are prevailing.
Nevertheless, in general, this document does incorporate to a large extent what NGO’s like ours have been proposing to the EU institutions. We will follow-up further implementation of this Communication, as it will important that the EU will integrate it in its different external action policies and, in that way, reinforces them based on this new strategic approach on resilience.
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